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Adam Lambert and Queen performed Tuesday at TD Garden.


Queen and Adam Lambert draw a crowd at the Garden

The artists played at the Boston venue on Tuesday.

Gal Gadot speaks at the Warner Bros.

‘Wonder Woman 2’ sets December 2019 release date

‘‘Wonder Woman’’ star Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira.

Carolyn Armistead meeting Graham Nash for the second time, at his Lowell Summer Music Series concert last week.

Decades after her photo with Graham Nash, a fan gives it another shot

The writer was a 21-year-old college journalist when the singer posed for a picture with her in 1980. Could she find a way to make it happen again?

Jared Kushner

Thing Tank

Butternut squash, Donald Trump, and more from the week in things

Highlights from the week online.

Laugh Lines

Ahmed Bharoocha

A joke from the comic, who performs at the Thunderfest comedy festival.

Contestants on Fox’s “Beat Shazam,” one of the many game shows on TV Thursday night.

TV Critic’s Corner

Let the games begin

Game shows: Not for the fake sick anymore.

Stephen Colbert on

Stephen Colbert’s shows from Russia are winners for CBS

Russia may represent bad news for President Trump. But not for his late-night nemesis.


Networking social and open house set for new Ashland design center

The evening will feature live musical performances, refreshments, a wine-tasting station, a scavenger hunt, and prizes for participants.


Wait, that’s why Justin Bieber canceled his tour?

The singer may have new priorities.

“Taking Steps” features a set dominated by a large staircase suspended at an angle over the stage.

Stage Review

‘Taking Steps’ — and a few stumbles — at Barrington Stage

The Barrington Stage Company production of the 1979 Alan Ayckbourn farce is hobbled by creaky plot machinery.

Judd Apatow (back row, second from right) met with teens from Zumix as well as Mark Kates (right) from Shout Syndicate and Madeleine Steczynski (front row, right), executive director of Zumix, before Apatow’s stand-up performance at the Wilbur Theatre.


Judd Apatow says hi to local kids

The “Knocked Up” director donated to the new Shout Syndicate.

Chrissy Teigen

Celebrity News

Chrissy Teigen joins the ranks of those blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter

Apparently, it took the model tweeting “no one likes you” to get blocked by the President of the United States.

Barbara Sinatra, widow of entertainer Frank Sinatra and a children's advocate, died Tuesday of natural causes at her California home. She was 90.

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s 4th wife and widow, dies at 90

The couple was married for 22 years, until Frank Sinatra’s 1998 death.


Nat Faxon leads voice cast of new Matt Groening show

The Manchester-by-the-Sea native voices an elf on “Disenchantment,’’ which debuts on Netflix next year.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow


MSNBC scores primetime ratings win, thanks in part to Rachel Maddow

The left-leaning network likely has President Trump to thank as well.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (left) and Jake Gyllenhaal at Fenway Park in April. Gyllenhaal is portraying Bauman in “Stronger,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.


These Mass. movies will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF, which runs Sept. 7-17, released its gala titles Tuesday morning.

Dick Lehr


Dick Lehr writes YA novel inspired by Shawn Drumgold case

Lehr, who teaches journalism at Boston University, wrote a novel inspired by the case of Shawn Drumgold, who spent 14 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

From left: Bernard White, Priscilla Lopez, Guenia Lemos, and Jayne Atkinson in “The Clean House.”

Stage Review

In Ruhl’s masterful ‘Clean House,’ an empathy for untidy humans

The beauty of the Williamstown Theatre Festival production lies in director Rebecca Taichman’s ability to embrace Ruhl’s imaginative universe.

TV Critic’s Corner

Need an idea for a game show? There’s an app for that.

Fox has “Beat Shazam,” CBS “Candy Crush,” and now there’s a “Words With Friends” adaptation in the works.

James Davis hosts “Hood Adjacent” on Comedy Central.

TV Critic’s Corner

Is Davis the heir to Chappelle? That’s the wrong question.

The host of Comedy Central’s “Hood Adjacent” is just getting started.

Sisters Marilynn (left) and Sheila Brass star in the PBS show “Food Flirts.”

To know the Brass sisters is to want to cook up a show for them — they’re that fun

In “Food Flirts,” sisters Marilynn and Sheila Brass visit two restaurant kitchens to sample two ingredients they’ve never had before. Then they retreat to their shared Cambridge abode to create a dish that features both.

Chester Bennington


Refunds available for Linkin Park show at Xfinity Center

Live Nation says ticket holders can get money back at the point of purchase.

Brandon Vallee of Thunderbar Comedy, which is hosting seven themed stand-up shows starting Tuesday.


Underground comedy is front and center at this week’s ‘Thunderfest II’

Organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.

Canadian band Arcade Fire performing in France last week.


Arcade Fire e-mails fans a dress code

It’s not clear if the strict rules — no shorts or tank tops allowed — will be enforced when the band plays TD Garden Sept. 15.

From left: Boston Marathon bombing survivors Adrianne Haslet and Jeff Bauman, Marathon bombing responder Carlos Arredondo, Henry Richard, and DMSE race director Dave McGillivray at the finish line of the DMSE Sports Classic Celebrity Mile.


Marathon bombing survivors join other VIPs at road race

Bauman takes part in DMSE Sports Classic.


Twitter enjoys Nicolas Cage in Kazakhstan

The actor is attending a film festival.


Justin Bieber cancels rest of tour, including date at Gillette Stadium

No explanation was given for the sudden cancellation.

FILE -- In this Jan. 31, 2006 file photo former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles during his meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Some relatives of Mandela say a new book by a military doctor that documents Mandela's treatment before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality. However, the now-retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said in an interview broadcast over the weekend on the eNCA news channel that the Mandela family had requested that the book be written. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

Publisher withdraws book on Mandela health after complaints

A grandson of the late Nelson Mandela said that the removal of “Mandela’s Last Years” showed respect for the family’s wishes.

Chester Bennington (left).


Linkin Park says their hearts are broken after loss of lead singer

The group said “shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.”

An undated handout photo made available by Kensington Palace shows a picture from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, depicting the Princess and Prince Harry on holiday and is featured in the new documentary “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” airing on HBO Monday.

Princess Diana remembered by sons in documentary

The new documentary arrives Monday on HBO and is the first to feature her two sons, William and Harry, speaking about their mother.

Michael Phelps finished 2 seconds slower than the computer-generated Great White.

Not great enough: Michael Phelps can’t keep up with shark

In a made-for-TV showdown, the simulated Great White left the 23-time gold medalist in the slow lane.

HBO original series Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017): Kit Harington. photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

You can ‘Just Say No’ to Jon Snow, but that can lead to a very lonely Monday

For “Game of Thrones” abstainers, the show’s return means confusing references, absentee friends, and the admonishments of the “Thrones”-loving masses.


12 questions about TB12: A Tom Brady trivia quiz

Tom Brady turns 40 on Aug. 3. We all know he’s won five Super Bowls, but can you answer these questions about our QB?

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.”

In 'Game of Thrones,’ uneasy alliances and a royal prophecy

“Stormborn” reminds us early on that every alliance beginning to form this season will have to reckon with all participants' unsavory pasts.

New York Times asks Fox News for apology after ‘inaccurate segment’

A “Fox & Friends” piece accused the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that hindered the US attempt to kill ISIS’ leader.

From left: Elisabeth and Bruce Percelay, publisher of Nantucket Magazine, with Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday at the Crystal Ball on Nantucket.


Belichick and Beatty make the scene on Nantucket

The Patriots coach and the 14-time Academy Award nominee were at separate events on the island over the weekend.

(FILES) This photo taken on August 25, 2010 in Johannesburg shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela in a handout photograph released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Nelson Mandela

Book about Nelson Mandela’s medical treatment stirs dispute

The retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said the Mandela family had requested that the book be written.

NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The civil rights organization also announced a new interim leader at its annual convention.

David Adkins and Tara Franklin in “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo.’’

Stage Review

Albee’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ brings his story full circle

Taut, absorbing production at Berkshire Theatre Group exlarges the unsettling tale begun in “The Zoo Story.’’

TV Critic’s corner

Everything we know so far about the return of ‘Stranger Things’

New cast members for season two of the Netflix hit include Paul Reiser and Sean Astin.

Watch the new trailer for the second season of ‘Stranger Things’

The creators premiered a trailer for the show’s second season at Comic-Con that was so new, even the cast hadn’t seen it.

Trump’s new message guru wants ‘a more positive mojo’

President Donald Trump’s new communications adviser says it’s time to hit the “reset button.”

Maria Menounos


Maria Menounos reflects on brain tumor surgery

In an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, the TV host and Medford native said her initial reaction to the diagnosis was not what she expected.

Ben Affleck at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.


Don’t count Affleck out of Batman role

Appearing at Comic-Con in San Diego, the actor said Warner Bros. executives have told him that they want him to stay on.

Kendrick Lamar (seen at a show in Quebec on July 7) performed at TD Garden Saturday night.

Music Review

Kendrick Lamar is a man of his word at TD Garden

The rapper occupied center stage Saturday night in a show that had the audience serving as a chorus.

Gemma Arterton in “Their Finest.”

Ty Burr

Looking to stream some flicks? Try these.

Our movie critic provides a rundown of what he’s found interesting on the various services lately.